Choosing the Right PHP Security Scanner

You need a PHP security scanner to automatically identify vulnerabilities and security flaws in your custom built PHP web applications but also off the shelf ones such as WordPress and Drupal.

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The 2018 Verizon Data Breach Intelligence Report makes it clear: web application attacks caused more data breaches than any other category of causes. Threats against web applications include credential theft, SQL injection, cross-site scripting (XSS), and remote and local file inclusion vulnerabilities. Any of these issues can give attackers access to sensitive internal business data.

Securing your PHP website requires a multifaceted approach. Static source code analysis is part of it. But, to get a full view of your website and its vulnerabilities, you also need to be able to see the application the way the attackers see it. A PHP code analysis tool will not give your business that view. You require a scanner that emulates your attackers, that maps out the entire attack surface of your application, identifies real security vulnerabilities, and allows your team to assess and fix them quickly.

Versatility Is Power

Netsparker can scan any type of PHP-based web application. It can scan open source projects like WordPress, and also custom applications built and used only by your business. Our web application security scanner can automatically crawl it and reliably find vulnerabilities such as SQL Injection, Cross-site Scripting (XSS) and thousands of other variants, including those listed in the OWASP top 10 list. Netsparker also scans the web server for a misconfiguration that could lead to security vulnerabilities.

What if not all of your business's applications are based on the PHP language? Netsparker has you covered, because our scanner has a chrome based crawler, which means it can crawl any web application, no matter what programming language forms the base of your web application. Whether it's PHP, .NET, ASP, Python, Ruby on Rails, or any other language, our scanner will map out the application and identify security holes. Netsparker also has a client script engine analyzer, which means it also can automatically scan JavaScript heavy applications, such as Single Page Applications (SPAs) and similar.

Netsparker is available in two different editions: a Microsoft Windows edition, and as an online web vulnerability scanner. Based on your business needs and IT security team's processes, you can choose the one that's right for you -- and rest assured that both editions will provide accurate and actionable security information about web applications based on PHP or other languages.

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The intuitive platform allows security analysts to schedule and deploy vulnerability scans easily. And, it scales: they can easily configure Netsparker to scan a single website or thousands. They can set up a scan to focus on one bleeding-edge vulnerability causing concern, or a broad spectrum of web application flaws.

Then, once the scan is finished, the reporting features allow for quick response. The Proof Based Scanning™ technology ensures that every reported vulnerability is an actual, exploitable flaw by generating a proof of exploit. Analysts and developers can read the technical report, see how the vulnerability scanner exploited the vulnerability, and see exactly what data was compromised in the HTTP response. The security analysis team no longer has to spend hours manually validating vulnerabilities and eliminating false positives. It also allows developers to find vulnerable PHP source code or plugins quickly, and get right to developing more secure PHP scripts.

Executive-level reporting is also a snap. Security teams can create reports that show just how much the security posture has changed based on remediation efforts, addition, or removal of web applications in the environment. These reports show -- at a glance -- the need for frequent web application security assessments, and the value Netsparker provides.

Try Netsparker Today

Contact us today to arrange a demo of Netsparker. See our security scanning solution in action, see the proof of exploit in our results, and see for yourself how we can help streamline your scanning program and strengthen your web application security posture.

What our customers are saying

"I had the opportunity to compare external expertise reports with Netsparker ones. Netsparker was better, finding more breaches. It’s a very good product for me."
"As opposed to other web application scanners, Netsparker is very easy to use. An out of the box installation can detect more vulnerabilities than any other scanner."
"We chose Netsparker because it is more tailored to web application security and has features that allow the university to augment its web application security needs."